This was mainly because of attractive and complex projects like the conversion of cruise ship Artania, he commented.
A total of twelve contracts for newbuilding, conversion and passenger ship docking were taken last year and dock occupancy was 100% as was utilisation of the yard’s 350 personnel.
Pallentin, along with board colleagues Carsten J. Haake and Dirk Petersjohann see the past year, and future work, above all as part of a close co-operative operation involving Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG and German Dry Docks GmbH & Co. KG, which employs 100 people and has been headed for several months now by Guido Försterling.
‘Along with German Dry Docks we achieved 100% occupancy of the Kaiserdock I and Kaiserdock II dry docks in 2014, as well as of the four jointly-managed floating docks. Since we are able sometimes to put two ships together in one dock, occupancy was technically 115%,’ declared a satisfied Pallentin.
Overall Lloyd Werft and GDD handled 132 ships in their docks last year. If alongside work is also taken into account –mainly at Lloyd Werft – then the figure is well over 150.
Along with offshore business and the strengthening of design management Lloyd Werft has devoted particular attention since 2014 to the conversion and repair of cruise ships.
Leading the way in this field was the big contract to convert the new Phoenix Reisen flagship – the 231mtr long Artania of 44,588gt in 76 days between September and December 2014. The work included adding new engines, 152 cabin balconies, new suppressors, and a modernised fresh water system.
For the first time, the 180mtr long, Explorer also came to Lloyd Werft as the floating US university Semester at Sea for repair work. National Geographic Explorer called for extensive repairs and TUI’s Mein Schiff 1 also visited the Kaiserhafen. She was converted at Lloyd Werft in 2009 from Galaxy into TUI’s first club ship.